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August 9, 2011


Antelope Valley bridges still not repaired

by Deena Winter

An Antelope Valley bridge.

Four Antelope Valley bridges that are cracking and spalling still have not been repaired by the city since the damage was reported in January. But soon they will be.

Kris Humphrey, the public works employee who has overseen the Antelope Valley Project in recent years, said the city recently received approval from the state Department of Roads to issue contractors a “notice to proceed” with repair work, which is expected to cost between $250,000 and $270,000. (Talk about bureaucracy, huh?) Those notices went out Friday and then the city will work with contractors “to develop the specific schedule for the repairs,” Humphrey said.

The Antelope Valley bridges spanning O, P, Q and N streets have evidence of spalling — concrete cracking and falling away — even though the oldest of them just opened in July 2007. The $246 million Antelope Valley Project was designed to control flooding, revitalize older neighborhoods and improve transportation in the heart of Lincoln, along Antelope Creek. The project includes six miles of roads, two miles of creek channel improvements, 12 street bridges, three rail bridges and three pedestrian bridges.

But this year the already-over-budget Antelope Valley Project was tarnished when the city had to close its bike trails after a piece of concrete fell from the O Street bridge. The trails were later reopened.

And now, eight months later, it’s still not clear who’s responsible. When asked who will pay for the repairs, Humphrey said, “we are still under discussion and our intention is to do all in our power to ensure that the contractors and consultants responsible pay for the cost of repairing the bridges.”

It’s not easy to determine, since the bridges were designed, built and inspected by a myriad of consultants and subconsultants. As Humphrey said, “There is not a clear cut division of responsibility between the consultant and contractor.”

Hawkins Construction Co. was the primary contractor on two of the bridges and United Contractors, Inc. and Park Construction were the prime contractors on the other two bridges.

The company in charge of both design and engineering for all of the bridges was Parsons Brinckerhoff of New York — one of the world’s largest transportation engineering companies. PB’s design subcontractors were engineering firm Olsson Associates, Erickson Sullivan (which did aesthetics like lights) and HWS Consulting. PB’s construction subcontractors were Olsson Associates, The Schemmer Associates and HWS.

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  1. Jane H Kinsey
    Aug 9 2011

    This is more mismanagement that the taxpayers will probably have to pay for.
    Blockheads are running this city.


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